Thiruvananthapuram: Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja led India’s brilliant bowling performance in a lopsided nine-wicket win against West Indies to wrap up a 3-1 series victory in the final One-Day International.
Jadeja, who turns 30 next month, picked up 4-34 as the West Indies batting line-up capitulated for 104 inside 32 overs after captain Jason Holder won the toss and opted to bat at Thiruvananthapuram.
Rohit Sharma made 63 not out while India captain Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 33 as the hosts chased down their target in less than 15 overs, having lost Shikhar Dhawan early.
“I’m enjoying my game at the moment,” said Jadeja. “Whenever I come on the field, I just try to give my best. Whatever opportunity I get, I’ll try to take it with both hands.”
West Indies had made two changes coming into the must-win tussle, with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo replacing injured off-spinner Ashley Nurse, who was also ruled out of the three-match Twenty20 series between the sides with a pectoral injury.
The tourists also included an extra fast bowler in Oshane Thomas, who took the place of opening batsman Chandrapaul Hemraj.
India opener Dhawan’s run of poor scores continued as he chopped on a delivery from Thomas to be out for four, going through the five-match series without a half-century.
Any semblance of hope West Indies had was over when Holder allowed an edge from Kohli to burst through his hands at first slip when the batsman, who scored three consecutive centuries in the series, had made only four.
Taking the attack to the visitors, Rohit pulled Thomas for a four to show his intent and then launched the bowler for a straight six in his next over.
He hit three more sixes and five fours in his 56-ball innings to bring up his 37th ODI half-century after scoring 162 in the previous match in Mumbai. Kohli also dealt largely in boundaries, hitting six fours in his 29-ball knock.
West Indies’ batting again suffered a meltdown after their below-par performance in Mumbai, when they were bundled out for 153.
India’s fast bowlers struck early, sending back Kieran Powell and Shai Hope without scoring inside the first two overs.
The touring side never recovered from the early jolts with only three batsmen managing to make double figures.
“Not the finish we were looking for,” said Holder. “We lacked consistency in the last couple of games. We didn’t bat well enough. A lot of the dismissals from our batsmen were through poor shots. I think it was a lack of application.”
Former India captain Rahul Dravid was formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame before the match.
To mark the occasion, Dravid received his commemorative cap from fellow ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Sunil Gavaskar.
Dravid was named in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame along with Australia legend Ricky Ponting and England women’s stalwart Claire Taylor during the ICC Annual Conference in Dublin in July.
However, Dravid was unable to attend the induction ceremony due to a coaching assignment with the India ‘A’ side.
Dravid, after receiving the cap, said: “I am honoured and delighted to have been formally inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of my home fans. This award gives me the satisfaction that I have been able to contribute to the success of the India cricket team in particular, and cricket in general.
“I am grateful to all my contemporaries, who helped and supported me during my playing days, as well as coaches and officials who guided me on the long journey. I have enjoyed each and every moment of my association with them, as together we not only set big targets but achieved most of them.”
Dravid is the fifth India cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame after Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Anil Kumble.
Dravid played 164 Tests and 344 ODIs for India from 1996 to 2012, and scored a total of 24,177 runs in the two formats.